Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Hot Head Deep Conditioner Heat Cap

As I shared a couple of months ago, I have started my transition from relaxed to natural hair (if you missed that click HERE).  My commitment to this process means the better part of each Saturday is spent going through my finely tuned "wash day" regimen. Because I still have housework  and errands that I have to get done each weekend, staying attached to the hair dryer for the better part of the day doesn't really work for me.  I decided to look into solutions that would allow me to "pre-poo" with my hot oil and conditioner mixture while still being able move around freely.

When I heard a vlogger on  youtube mention Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap, I decided to check out the Etsy store for this item.

Hot Head is described on the site as: a microwavable deep conditioning heat cap created by a professional hair stylist. The Hot Head heat cap is filled with renewable flax seed which will generate heat when warmed in the microwave. It's reusable and is the most environmentally friendly way to deep condition your hair with heat at home. There is no need to plug it into an outlet or use batteries to power the heat. With a few minutes in the microwave Hot Head will produce up to 30-45 minutes of gentle moist heat. The fact that there are no cords and no plugs means that you are free to move about while deep conditioning your hair.

This definetly sounded like what I was looking for, but the price was a big turn off for me. $29.99 for one cap PLUS $6.50 SHIPPING??? $36.45 seemed like a whole lot to spend on a cap that I wasn't going to actually go anywhere in!  My issue with the price made me put this idea on the back burner for several weeks.  When summer vacation ended, and my weekend time became much more limited, I decided I had to make my wash days a bit more efficient. It was time to bite the bullet and give Hot Head a try.  

There were several fabric patterns to choose from on the Hot Head Etsy site, The caps could also be flipped inside out if a simpler look was more desirable.  I knew I wanted something a bit darker since the cap isn't washable. I chose the "Brown Berry Swirl" print and placed my order.

The cap shipped two days after placing my order, and arrived two days later. At least that $6.50 went towards expedited two day shipping!

Though previously, I wasn't too wrapped up in the pattern and color options, I must say I was aesthetically disappointed when I opened my Hot Head. None of the beautiful purple hues in the Brown Berry Swirl pattern that I saw online were present on my cap. To me it resembled an old thrift store quilt sewn to a towel. Though the craftsmanship was excellent, the dull worn looking fabric was a turn off for me. I was starting to feel real salty about my $29.99 all over again...

How I use my Hot Head:

Before washing my hair, I do a "pre-poo" process on my dry hair.  I apply a mixture of my favorite cheapie conditioner (Hello Hydration or Ausie Moist) along with olive, coconut, and avocado oil.

I cover my hair with TWO plastic conditioner caps to make sure nothing seeps though onto the Hot Head.

I microwave the Hot Head cap one minute on each side and then place on my head.

Aesthetic issues aside, as I said before, the craftsmanship is excellent. There are not stray strings, no frayed seams, and the cap is roomy without being too loose and secure without being too tight.  It stays relatively warm for around 35-40 minutes. This gives me a chance to get a lot done around the house, all while my hair is being treated.
I can wear it while reclining and have even taken a nap with it on.  If I plan on leaving it on for extended periods I simply microwave it on each side again, put it back on, and continue doing what I  need to do.  

  Though I haven't had any major spills I don't like that this cap can't actually be washed; only spot cleaned. Here is what the site says about cleaning:
Your Hot Head can be spot cleaned using warm water and a mild detergent. This tends to be sufficient since you will always be wearing a disposable or reusable plastic shower cap as a barrier between the Hot Head and your conditioner immersed hair. If your cap gets a little linty, simply roll over it with a lint roller to make it come clean again.

This is why I started DOUBLING my plastic conditioner caps before putting on my hot head.  I must admit that despite my initial reaction to it aesthetically, I'm pretty pleased with how it performs. It has become a part of my weekly regimen, and I have no regrets.  In the future it would be nice if there were a washable option available.

Check out Hot Head HERE.

*I am not affiliated with Hot Head, and I purchased this product with my own money. 
This review is based on my personal opinions and experience with this product.*

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for lynching a new plastic conditioner caps they protect your hair.